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Why You Should Hire an Electrician for CO and Smoke Detectors

Are you trying to install or replace carbon monoxide or smoke detectors in your home? You might think that this is a fairly easy task to complete on your own. However, you really want to have an electrician in Sherman, TX complete the job for you. Installing carbon monoxide detectors or smoke detectors incorrectly could render them useless. 

Plus, there’s always the chance that you do something wrong with the electrical wiring and create hazards for your home and family. You can keep reading to learn more about why it is important to have an electrician work on any electrical needs around your home, including smoke detector installation and carbon monoxide detector installation.

It’s the Law

Many states have laws in place that specify you need a certified electrician to install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Texas is one of those states. The laws in place to protect homeowners are primarily for new builds. Lawmakers want to ensure that homeowners have safe and effective smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Having a certified professional complete installation is the best way to do that. If just anyone installs one of these two detectors it can lead to a variety of issues in the future years. It is important that you follow the same rules home builders follow and schedule an electrician for any of your smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector needs.

Compliance Considerations

Aside from the legality of it, you also want to consider compliance. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors have to meet certain guidelines in order for them to be installed correctly. If you install or replace these detectors on your own, they may not be done to specifications that allow them to work as effectively as they should. 

For example, you may not connect them correctly. You may miss a step that means your detector doesn’t work the way it should. If you sell your home in the future the detectors may come back on an inspection. At that point, you will have to schedule a professional replacement anyway. 


You also want to consider the placement of detectors. Although it can seem like they are placed wherever it is convenient, there’s actually a science behind where carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms need to be placed. For example, you want them inside or near bedrooms so that if you are asleep, you can hear the detector go off. You also want them close to, yet also a safe distance away from, gas and heating appliances.

For example, if you place a smoke detector too close to your kitchen, it may go off every time you cook, simply due to smoke, steam, and heat. If you place a detector too close to your gas heater, a detector may go off and cause an alarm when everything is actually perfectly safe.

Get it done right… Right now! The team at Hutchins Plumbing and Air Conditioning is ready to help you with all your home needs – including carbon monoxide detector installation and smoke detector installation.

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